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Red Trail Snowshoe in Sugar Pine Point State Park

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  • West entrance to Sugar Pine Point State Park.- Red Trail Snowshoe in Sugar Pine Point State Park
  • Red Trail connection via Blue Trail in Sugar Pine Point State Park.- Red Trail Snowshoe in Sugar Pine Point State Park
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  • 1960 Winter Olympic infographic.- Red Trail Snowshoe in Sugar Pine Point State Park
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  • Red Trail at Sugar Pine Point State Park.- Red Trail Snowshoe in Sugar Pine Point State Park
  • Olympic marker.- Red Trail Snowshoe in Sugar Pine Point State Park
  • Red Trail at Sugar Pine Point State Park.- Red Trail Snowshoe in Sugar Pine Point State Park
  • Red Trail at Sugar Pine Point State Park.- Red Trail Snowshoe in Sugar Pine Point State Park
  • Views from the Red Trail at Sugar Pine Point State Park- Red Trail Snowshoe in Sugar Pine Point State Park
  • Skier and jogger on the Red Trail.- Red Trail Snowshoe in Sugar Pine Point State Park
  • Red Trail at Sugar Pine Point State Park.- Red Trail Snowshoe in Sugar Pine Point State Park
  • Bridge on the Red Trail at Sugar Pine Point State Park.- Red Trail Snowshoe in Sugar Pine Point State Park
  • Olympic inforgraphic.- Red Trail Snowshoe in Sugar Pine Point State Park
  • Biathlon competition site along the Red Trail.- Red Trail Snowshoe in Sugar Pine Point State Park
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  • Snowshoers at Sugar Pine Point State Park.- Red Trail Snowshoe in Sugar Pine Point State Park
  • Red Trail at Sugar Pine Point State Park.- Red Trail Snowshoe in Sugar Pine Point State Park
  • Red Trail at Sugar Pine Point State Park.- Red Trail Snowshoe in Sugar Pine Point State Park
  • Red Trail at Sugar Pine Point State Park.- Red Trail Snowshoe in Sugar Pine Point State Park
  • Red Trail at Sugar Pine Point State Park.- Red Trail Snowshoe in Sugar Pine Point State Park
  • Green Trail Connection.- Red Trail Snowshoe in Sugar Pine Point State Park
  • Bridge along the Red Trail.- Red Trail Snowshoe in Sugar Pine Point State Park
  • Red Trail at Sugar Pine Point State Park.- Red Trail Snowshoe in Sugar Pine Point State Park
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Winter Olympic site. Beautiful scenery.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Groomed trail: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
100.00 ft (30.48 m)
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Total Distance: 
3.30 mi (5.31 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,325.00 ft (1,927.86 m)
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Adventure Description

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Halfway through the Blue Trail at Sugar Pine Point State Park is where the Red Trail starts a 3.3-mile loop. Essentially following the General Creek Trail, this groomed path will take you to the 1960 Winter Olympic biathlon competition site. Red Trail is recommended for intermediate skill level as there are a series of gradual elevation changes. 

As with the other trails in the park, this one is marked with diamonds (red) to keep you on the correct path. About a mile into this hike the trail splits to form a loop. Heading left is the quickest way to the Green Trail. Just after crossing the bridge over General Creek, look for the green diamond where the trailhead starts. Going right at the fork leads you through some fantastic scenery of snowcapped pine trees. 

Midway through the loop and just after another bridge you'll find an infographic sign about the Winter Olympics that denotes one of the competition sites of the biathlon. Continue past this for another mile to where the trail crosses the bridge near the Green Trail to return to the starting point of the loop.

All winter trails at Sugar Pine Point are available for cross-country skiing, as well, and the park asks that snowshoers give skiers right-of-way and avoid walking in the established ski tracks. If you plan on exploring more of Sugar Pine, check out the Yellow, Blue, and Orange trails as well.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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